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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

National School Lunch, Breakfast, Special Milk and After School Snack Reimbursement- FY 2008

To:Superintendents of Public Schools, Administrators of Private Schools, Residential Child Care Institutions and School Food Service Directors
From:Kathleen C. Millett, Administrator
Nutrition, Health and Safety
Date:July 30, 2007


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the reimbursement rates for School Food Service Programs effective July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Federal reimbursements for free and reduced price lunches have increased. The state share is based on a state matching funds formula established at the federal level. Based on the funds available, the state lunch rate share will be $ 0.0525 per meal.

National School LunchState ShareFederal ShareTotal
Paid Lunch$.0525+$.23$.2825
Reduced Price Lunch.0525+.23 + 1.842.1225
Free Lunch.0525+.23 + 2.242.5225

School systems in which 60% or more of the lunches served in 2005-2006 were free or reduced price will receive an additional 2 cents per lunch for all reimbursable lunches. The maximum charge for a reduced price lunch is 40 cents.

School BreakfastFederal Non-Severe ReimbursementFederal Severe Need Reimbursement
Paid Breakfast$ .24$ .24
Reduced Price Breakfast1.05 1.31
Free Breakfast1.351.61

The maximum charge for a reduced price breakfast is 30 cents. A "severe need breakfast school" is one in which 40% of lunches served in 2005-2006 were free or reduced price lunch meals. As a result of the reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs (Public Law 108-265), severe need breakfast schools do not need to submit cost documentation to receive the federal severe need breakfast reimbursement. Schools required to offer breakfast under state law will be eligible for up to $0.10 for breakfast costs that exceed Federal Severe Need Reimbursement. These state-mandated schools must provide documentation of costs to receive this additional state reimbursement.

Special Milk reimbursement is $0.17 per half pint. Special milk recipients do not participate in other child nutrition programs. Pricing programs with the free milk option receive the average cost per pint for eligible students.

After School Snack Reimbursement (All "At Risk" snacks are reimbursed at the Free Rate of $0.68.)

Paid Snack$ .06
Reduced Price Snack$ .34
Free Snack$ .68

Meal Pricing Guidelines. In pricing paid student meals, charges should not exceed the actual cost of preparing the meals less the federal and state reimbursement rounded off to the next highest multiple of 5 cents. Adult meal charges must be priced to at least cover the actual cost of preparing and serving the meal. In addition, adults must be charged the state meals tax.

The commodity assistance level for FY 2008 is at $0.1875 per lunch based on lunches served in 2006-2007.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Child Nutrition Programs. If you have any questions, please contact the School Nutrition Programs Section at (781) 338-6498. Best wishes for a successful school year.

Last Updated: August 9, 2007

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